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Storm Drain Murals

Mark your calendar for this year's UpStream Art mural installation: Saturday, August 25! Community members are invited to watch as artists paint five murals on the ground to promote stormwater quality and pollution prevention. It's a free event, fun for the whole family. This year's theme is "It's All Connected." The 2018 UpStream Art project is sponsored in part by Springfield Utility Board. Local artists have already been selected to participate in the 2018 UpStream Art project.

What: UpStream Art live mural painting
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m on Saturday, August 25
Where: Booth-Kelly trailhead of the Mill Race path, 307 S. 5th Street, Springfield

The UpStream Art project has allowed for local artists to create unique murals on storm drains in downtown Springfield. View a map of storm drain mural locations. The murals raise awareness of the importance of storm drains and their connection to our rivers. Pollutants such as oil, trash, and pet waste are harmful to water quailty and aquatic life. Everyone can protect local waterways through simple, everday actions.

Murals from 2017 UpStream Art

Storm drain mural of native streamside plants Storm drain mural showing trash caught in the river
Artist: Jessilyn Brinkerhoff. Behind Springfield Museum
Artist: Chelsey Putnam. Parking lot of Springfield Museum
Storm drain mural of a father and daughter fishing
Circular storm drain mural of aliens peering out - "It's universal - Only rain goes down the drain"
Artist: Christian Howarth. 4th and A Street
Artist: Scott Boyes. 5th and A Street
Storm drain mural of river otter, fish and other underwater life
Storm drain mural of river flowing with people recreating
Artist: Shelly Davey Dax. Behind Springfield Museum
Artist: Sierra McClain. 4th and B Street, by Justice Center

What is Stormwater?

As our community grows, ground often gets covered up with asphalt, concrete and buildings. Without realizing it, we are disrupting an important part of the water cycle.

Instead of rain naturally filtering into the ground, in urban areas it flows over roofs, driveways and streets as stormwater. Stormwater can pick up pollutants and transport them to our local waterways via the storm drain system. Pollutants include everyday items like pesticides or fertilizers in our yards, oil in our cars, and even soap. When introduced into the waterway, pollutants have a harmful affect on aquatic life and the health of our rivers.

Outfall pipe in Island Park where UpStream Art storm drains eventually lead to
Outfall in Island Park where UpStream Art storm drains lead to.

To learn more about how you can help prevent water pollution, read this Prevent Stormwater Pollution resource and check out our Clean Water at A Glance factsheets.

Questions about UpStream Art? Email us at WaterResources@springfield-or.gov


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